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Hometown News: Veterans group recognizes Forsyth County judge for heroic act
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Forsyth County Magistrate Court Judge Phill Bettis, right, with Cumming Chapter 1030 of the Vietnam Veterans of America President Gary Goyette, after he was presented with the organization's first-ever "Distinguished Citizen Award" on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018.

Forsyth County Magistrate Court Judge Phill Bettis was recognized by members of the Cumming Chapter 1030 of the Vietnam Veterans of America for his actions to save the life of a 2-year-old boy in July.

Bettis, who has practiced law in the community since 1981, was presented with the veterans’ organization’s first-ever “Distinguished Citizen Award” on Tuesday.

Chapter President Gary Goyette saluted Bettis for what he called his “quick, decisive and selfless deed.”

Bettis heard a call in mid-July about a missing toddler and sprung into action. Bettis knew of an unoccupied home with a backyard pool in the area where the child lived.

He went to the home, found the toddler floating in the pool and jumped in to save the child’s life. After being checked by first responders, the child was found to be in good condition.